Lesbian films, an SNL spoof on lesbian dramas, and more fill this week’s Good and Gay with so much joy. Beyond that, we have a handful of celebrity coming out moments and the LGBTQ entertainment critics’ film award ceremony. We’ve gathered some of the best moments of the last week in one place for your reading pleasure. So, pull up a chair and get ready to gasp, guffaw, and grin.
Lesbian drama Ride or Die lands at Netflix
A film based on yuri manga Gunjo by Chin Nakamura has just landed at Netflix. Ride or Die, directed by Ryuichi Hiroki, stars Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Sato. Embodying the adage “be gay, do crimes,” the film follows two Japanese women who find themselves and each other together. When Rei finds out Nanae is being abused by her husband, she takes matters into her own hands, killing him. While hiding from the law, the two grow closer and fall in love. Mizuhara said in an interview with NBC News: “There are different types of LGBTQ stories in film that focus on the struggles, but this film is a little different, because the shape of the love that they’re able to create in the end is their own.”
Ride or Die can be streamed on Netflix.
Lesbian short film Geeli Pucchi lands at Netflix
Ajeeb Daastaans, a film anthology from producer Karan Johar with directors Neeraj Ghaywan, Kayoze Irani, Shashank Khaitan, lands at Netflix today. Collectively the four short films explore how unexpected events challenge relationships and reveal unspoken emotions. The third film in the anthology, Ghaywan’s Geeli Pucchi (Sloppy Kisses) starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari, focuses on sexuality and caste, exploring lesbian identities outside of romance.
Ajeeb Daastaans can be streamed on Netflix.
The LGBTQ entertainment critics’ Dorian Film Awards come to Revry TV
This Sunday, GALECA, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, and queer) entertainment critics association, will present the Dorian Film Awards. The event will be hosted by gay entertainment and broadcasting veteran Karel. Deviating from a typical awards show, the event combines tributes, interview segments, music, comedy, and roundtable conversations with GALECA members into what they call their Dorians Toast. Presenters include director Lee Daniels (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”), Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious,” “Antebellum”), Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight,” “Concrete Cowboy”), Rafael Silva (“Fluidity,” “9-1-1 Lone Star”), Harmony Valle-Ramirez (“Room To Grow”), comedian Margaret Cho, and more. Awards include Best Film, Best LGBTQ Film, Most Visually Striking Film, Best Documentary, Best LGBTQ Documentary, Best Unsung Film, Campiest Flick and more. (The full list of awards and nominees can be found here.)
The Dorian Film Awards will premiere Sunday, April 18 at 8pm ET on Revry TV.
SNL pokes fun at lesbian period dramas—and we’re in on the joke
SNL dedicated a fun, light sketch to teasing lesbian period films over the weekend. In an episode that also features a stellar performance from gay actor Bowen Yang as the confused iceberg that sunk the Titanic, the sketch, which features series regulars Kate McKinnon and Heidi Garner and guest host Carey Mulligan, makes fun of films Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Ammonite. While we’re huge fans of the films here at Bella Media Channel—and noted more than one inaccuracy in the spoof—McKinnon is so irresistible as a jaded ex that the whole thing feels like being invited to laugh at ourselves.
Celebrities come out
A handful of celebrities have come out this week and we’re happy to celebrate their newly declared and newfound identities!
Actor and comedian Mae Martin, known best for their role in Feel Good, shared their gender and sexual identities on Instagram: “The way I feel about my gender identity is ongoing and evolving, and it’s personal, but I thought it might be good to say for clarity and in case anyone finds it helpful – I’m nonbinary, my pronouns are they/them and she/her…I’m very bisexual and attracted to people of all genders. I experience gender dysphoria sometimes – not always! – and have done since I was a tiny kid.”
Model and social media influencer Courtney Stodden came out as nonbinary via Instagram sharing their pronouns. “They/them/theirs. I don’t Identify as she or her. I’ve never felt like I ever fit in anywhere. I was bullied horribly in school because I was different.” They continued: “My spirit is fluid with a kaleidoscope of color.”
Youtuber Trisha Paytas has opened up about their gender identity on their YouTube channel. “I’m nonbinary and I have to give credit to TikTok and Gen-Z,” they said. “That seems like the perfect label for me.” They also clarified their pronouns on Twitter.
Youtuber Gigi Gorgeous also took to her YouTube channel to come out for the fourth—and final—time. “I came out as gay before I transitioned. I came out as transgender and then I came out as gay again,” she says. Since then Gigi has married her husband Nats who recently transitioned. “It was actually through my husband Nats that this kind of was unlocked inside of me. It’s always been there, this girl has always been inside of me, but it took this stage of my life really to open up.” She continues: “I just want to let everybody know that I am pansexual.”